St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

November 29 - December 5, 2017

"I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink."
Matthew 25:35

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Graduates of St. Cecilia School are socially responsible citizens who respect the environment and their role as stewards of the planet.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

The Liturgical Year ended on Sunday with the celebration of Christ the King! We begin the new year next Sunday, December 3, with the First Sunday of Advent. The Advent season is a time of giving, praying, and preparing for the Birth of Christ.

The month of December begins on Friday. It is a very busy time for all of us at home and at school. Please make sure to calendar these dates:

Saturday, December 2
o Auditions for Into the Woods
Sunday, December 3
o First Sunday of Advent
o 9:30 a.m. Confirmation Meeting
o Young Families Advent Party 5:00 p.m. in the School Auditorium
The Week of December 4
o Toys for Tots Collection (Grades K-6)
o Jesse Tree Collections (Grades 7-8)
Tuesday, December 5
o 7:30 p.m. Reconciliation Grade 2
Wednesday, December 6
o Feast of St. Nicholas
o Drama Club Parent Meeting for Spring Musical – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 7
o Christmas Boutique
o 7:30 p.m. Reconciliation Grade 2
Friday, December 8
o Last day for Toys for Tots and Jesse Tree Gifts
o 11:00 a.m. Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass
o Mothers Club Mingle and Jingle – 6:00 p.m. UICC
Saturday, December 9
o Cast Workshop – 10:30 a.m. School Auditorium
Sunday, December 10
o Second Sunday of Advent
Tuesday, December 12
o 8:30 a.m. Music Christmas Concert – K-Blue, Gr. 2, 4, 7, 8
o 10:40 a.m. Music Christmas Concert – K-Blue, Gr. 1, 3, 5, 6
Wednesday, December 13
o 7:00 p.m. Mandatory Parent Meeting Gr. 4-8: Screenagers
Friday, December 15
o 11:00 a.m. Primary Advent Mass
Sunday, December 17
o Third Sunday of Advent
o 9:30 a.m. Primary Advent Mass for the Parish
o 10:30 a.m. MOSC Pancake Breakfast
Tuesday, December 19
o 12:30 p.m. Dismissal for Christmas Vacation

I hope you can attend these events!


Mrs. Marian Connelly

Event Reminders

* Mid-Quarter Progress Reports (K-2)
Please check SchoolSpeak (Gr. 3-8)

* Open House 8:30 a.m. (K-6)
* First Reconciliation 7:30 p.m.

* Sandwiches for the Hungry
* Sibling Kindergarten Application due
* Chinese Club Meeting 7:30 p.m. Collins Center
* RSVP deadline for Mothers Club Jingle and Mingle event

* Auditions for Spring Musical: Into the Woods, Jr.

* Confirmation Program 9:30 a.m. * Young Families St. Nicholas Party 5:00 p.m. Auditorium

* Jesse Tree collection begins (Grades 7-8)
* Toys for Tots collection begins (Grades 1-6)

School News

Progress Reports

We are midway through the second quarter of school (ends Friday, January 12). Parents of students in grades 3-8, please log into SchoolSpeak to see the progress of your child. If your child receives a written Progress Report, please sign and return it by Friday.
If you need help in accessing your SchoolSpeak account, please contact Mr. Thomas Boles at

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, December 13 - Mandatory Parent Meeting Grades 4-8

St. Cecilia School will be showing the documentary Screenagers on Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m. This showing will be mandatory for all parents of students in grades 4-8. At least one parent must attend. Screenagers is a documentary that will likely strike a chord with many parents. It explores how students interact with each other using electronic device (smartphones, computers, social media, etc.) and looks at whether parents can - or should - try to limit or control this behavior. Many experts share their thoughts on the topics the movie covers, which include tech addiction, violent video games (some clips from the games are shown), digital citizenship, and more. It's sure to prompt conversations about family communication and responsible tech use.

Coding Update

We are delighted to be teaching coding to your kids! St. Cecilia is such a wonderful school and community, and we thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your educational mission.

In case it’s of interest, we wanted to share some info and at-home tips.

• Grades 3-5 are working in “Scratch.” Scratch is a popular teaching platform that uses drag ‘n drop blocks so students can start learning and creating quickly without having to worry about a ton of typing or syntax. While typing skills will be valuable when they advance to languages like Python or Javascript, the kid-friendly nature of Scratch makes it a great starting environment while allowing for very complex programs. Students can access their Scratch accounts at home by going to:

• Grades 1-2 are starting in and will eventually move into Scratch. also relies on drag ‘n drop blocks to teach coding concepts through a progression of puzzles and mini games. Students can access their class sites at home by going to

• The Hour of Code is coming! The Hour of Code is an annual event sponsored by where students all around the world spend an hour coding or learning to code for the first time. You can find special one-hour tutorials at (based on popular games like Minecraft and Flappy Bird), Khan Academy (drawing in Javascript), (wayfinding with Moana), and more.

• 17 STEM-focused gifts to inspire kids to learn coding and love robotics (TechCrunch).

If you have questions about accessing student accounts or other online resources, please don’t hesitate to email us at or stop by in person at our location on West Portal Ave during our open hours.

Warmest regards,

Allen, Jim, & Lee

The Coder School San Francisco
231 West Portal Avenue

Children's Choir - Christmas Eve Mass

Those students interested in singing at the Christmas Eve Mass on Sunday, December 24, please return the form to Sr. Margaret as soon as possible.

School Uniform

It is that time of year to check uniforms! Please make sure your child wears a school sweater everyday to school. Students can wear a St. Cecilia sweatshirt over their school sweater. If your child is still cold, he/she can wear a jacket. Also, girls may wear tights under their jumpers/skirts. If your child is missing a school sweater, please replace it. The school sweater is part of the uniform.
Please make sure your child is wearing the correct uniform shoes.
Also, please put your child’s name on EVERYTHING! Many items get put into the “Lost and Found” with no names making it is very difficult to return items to the owners!
Please make sure your child is in complete uniform daily.

"INTO THE WOODS" Auditions and Callbacks - Saturday, December 2

It's that time of year again!
Drama Club is holding auditions and callbacks for students in Grades 4-8 to participate in our upcoming spring musical, Into the Woods Jr.!

All students interested in auditioning should turn in an audition form to the front office by Wednesday, November 29. On the day of auditions, Saturday, December 2nd, students should arrive at the auditorium at 10:00 a.m. All students should bring a water bottle, lunch, and a book to auditions. They do not need to prepare a song or monologue, but should come well-rested and in clothes they can move around in.

Auditions will go from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Callbacks will be held from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Please note that NOT all students will be asked to stay for callbacks. Students who are asked to stay for callbacks will get an opportunity to call their parents to let them know and to take a lunch break from 1:00-2:00. If your child doesn't call to say they need to stay for callbacks, please come and pick them up promptly at 1:00 p.m. Being called back or not being called back is not an indicator of whether or not your student has been cast, it just means that the production team needs more time with them.

Please email Sarah Boone with any questions you may have at

Yearbook Ordering - DISCOUNT NOW!

It is time to sign up for a 2017-2018 St. Cecilia School Yearbook account! Click here to create an account.
If you already have an account, make sure to select "Log In."

Discount! Get a 5% discount if you purchase a yearbook by the end of November! You save, Earth gets a new tree, and our Student Council gets a funding contribution. What a deal! With an account, you can add pictures to our folders (that our student yearbook editors can use), build your own custom picture pages, purchase a yearbook in soft cover or hardbound, and more. Once you have created or logged into your account, you can help our student editors create the yearbook by adding pictures to our community folders for 1st Quarter & Second Quarter! Some great pictures to upload would be photos from Halloween, SC sports games, or other SC events. Although we are limited by page space and will be unable to print all submitted photos in the yearbook, we rely on families and teachers to provide quality photos for use in the yearbook.
Thank you in advance for all of your help!

Contact: Ms. Mary Beth McLean at with any questions.

Citizens of the Week

Congratulations to our Citizens of the Week for the week of November 27:

Kindergarten Blue Inanna Tamraz
Kindergarten Gold Valeria Pulido Genchik
Grade 1 Room 4 Samuel Vinogradsky
Grade 1 Room 8 Charlie Moylan
Grade 2 Room 1 Sophia Considine
Grade 2 Room 3 Maxwell Gines
Grade 3 Room 2 Anthony Engel
Grade 3 Room 9 Taylor Hartnett

Open House Schedule

St. Cecilia School will conduct several Open Houses for prospective parents. If you know of anyone looking to begin Kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year, please let the family know of our Open Houses.

Applications for Kindergarten and Grades 1-6 are now available in the school office.

Grades K-6: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Tomorrow, Thursday, November 30

Grades 1-6: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

“St. Cecilia School mindful of its mission to be witness to the love of Christ for all, admits student of any race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded to or make available to students at this school. St. Cecilia School does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin, age, gender or disability in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.”

Student Book Club

5th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, December 6th at LUNCH
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

6th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, December 6th at LUNCH
Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

7th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, December 13th at LUNCH
Finding Someplace by Denise Lewis Patrick

8th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, December 13th at LUNCH
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

* No need for students to sign up. Just read one of the books and show up for the meeting!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mimi Pratt

School Counseling Services

There can be changes and challenges in children’s lives and having extra support can make a real difference. At St. Cecilia School we have the services of two school counselors – Mrs. Mimi Pratt (Gr. K-5) and Sr. Ann Gilchrist (Gr. 6-8) who work supportively with children, their parents and families, and teachers.

Their services include:
• Teaching Second Step to students in Grades K-6
• Helping children build self-esteem, increase coping skills, increase social skills including making and keeping friends
• Conflict resolution
• Support with home issues that might impact learning and focus at school including illness of a family member, separation and divorce, accidents
• Assisting teachers with their concerns about their students
• Talking with parents to facilitate their child’s well-being
• Making referrals to outside counselors for more help for children
• Facilitating communication among students and teachers and parents

* Our school counselors meet and work with the children in a safe place and in a confidential manner.

For further information you can reach
Sr. Ann Gilchrist (Gr. 6-8) at:
Mrs. Mimi Pratt (Gr. K-5) at: (through school email and/or voicemail, a written note, or through your child’s teacher.

For a school counseling release form please click here.


Guerra's To Go

Guerra’s To Go is proud to announce that it has partnered with St. Cecilia School to offer meals to go!
Ordering is easy:
1. Visit or download the app: text G2G to 33733
2. Select your school site and place your order*
3. Pick up at Guerra’s To Go
8% of all sales (online or walk-ins) will be donated back to St. Cecilia School.

For more information:
Call (415) 564-5201
Or stop by Guerra’s To Go 345 Taraval Street

* Place order by 11:00 p.m. the night before. Same day orders are not guaranteed.

Lunch Volunteers

We need 4 volunteers each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday to assist students in picking up their meals. There is NO COOKING NOR FOOD PREP! Volunteers are needed from 10:45 a.m. - 12 noon and 11:45 a.m. -1:00 p.m. We encourage all families to volunteer at least once per quarter. Please visit to signup.
If you have questions, please email Stephanie Dekker at!

Birthday Book Club

Books may be purchased for $18 at any time to honor your child’s birthday or for a special dedication to a friend or loved one. All the books are donated to our school library.

Each class that donates 20 books will be awarded a free dress pass for the entire class. Each class that donates 25 books will also be awarded an ice cream party at the end of the school year!

Click here to view the current list of available books.
Click here to download the donation form.
Click here for more details on how the Birthday Book Club works.

Please contact Alexis Chavez ( or Katrina Tomeldan ( with any questions.


SCRIP Order Sheets will come home every other week until the holidays, but you can always print an order form from the school website. We will fill orders every week!

Our Process is Simple:
1. Order forms come home by Tuesday. To download a SCRIP order form click here.
2. Return your order with cash or check payable to St. Cecilia Scrip by Thursday at 9:00 a.m.
3. All orders are filled Thursday afternoon with your oldest child or held in the office for pick up.
4. If your SCRIP is not available we will contact you directly to choose something on hand or a date it will be available.

* If you have a card that is not working or has a zero balance, please contact us immediately.

Cara Garcia 415-713-1555 or Heather Baria 415-971-3055

Christmas Boutique - Thursday December 7th

The Christmas Boutique is next Thursday! Thank you everyone who have signed up to volunteer, all the volunteer shifts are full.

Donations for our wrap station are needed: holiday wrapping paper, ribbons, scotch tape, and sharpies (fine and thick) of all colors! We could also use bags of CANDY. We will take all kinds of wrapped candy! A WISH LIST has been added to the Sign Up this year to make it easier to see what supplies are needed. Click here for the Sign Up Genius

Leave all donations on the bench near the front office marked "Christmas Boutique" If you would like to donate Christmas Funds to the boutique, please send a check into the office payable to St Cecilia Mothers Cub in an envelope marked "Christmas Boutique".

An Information Sheet went home this week along with raffle tickets for our CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE FAMILY BASKET. Send in your raffle tickets to the office by December 6.

If you need any additional tickets or have any questions about the Boutique, please contact Jean Roland at

REMINDER - PLEASE RSVP to Mingle and Jingle

Come Jingle and Mingle with us on Friday, December 8th at the United Irish Cultural Center from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. RSVPs are due by December 1. A night for good friends, fabulous fare and holiday cheer you will not want to miss.


Advent Activities

Young Families Feast of St. Nicholas Night

The St. Cecilia Young Families Group invites you to celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas on Sunday, December 3 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the School Auditorium. All families with children 5 and under are invited. Please RSVP to TODAY.

Toys for Tots/Giving Tree Collection December 4-8

Student Council will be sponsoring its annual TOYS FOR TOTS/GIVING TREE collection from December 4th through December 8th.
Grades 7 and 8 will be participating in the parish Giving Tree. Grades K- 6 will participate in our annual Toys for Tots Collection. In the past St. Cecilia students have been very generous and we know you will continue that generous spirit during this Holiday Season. Please participate in this event. You can help brighten a child’s Christmas with a gift of a toy. During this week we ask that you bring in NEW, UNWRAPPED toys. They do not have to be expensive toys, just something that will help make Christmas special for another child. Please do not bring in toys that suggest violence. The Commissioners-At-Large will be at the classroom door each morning from 8:00 - 8:10 a.m. collecting toys.
Thank you for your support and remember that Christmas spirit!

Advent Giving Tree - Pick up your gift tag today at Church

A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him (Isaiah 11:1)

The parish is once again preparing our annual Advent Giving Tree program. This program provides gifts during the Advent season to members of participating organizations throughout the San Francisco Archdiocese. We are asking for your generosity in donating a gift to a needy member of our faith community. Please choose a gift tag, located at the front of the altar, and pray for that person throughout Advent. Return your wrapped gift, with the gift tag firmly attached, to St. Cecilia Church by December 10th.
Your thoughtfulness and generosity will surely make this Advent season just a little bit brighter for a special person. Thank you!
Please contact Helen Roy at 415-420-3216 or with questions or for more information.

Parish News

2017 Archdiocesan Annual Appeal

Thank you to all of you who have given to the 2017 Archdiocesan Annual Appeal. The parish still needs to raise $48,590 to reach their assessment of $145,194 by the end of the year, otherwise, the parish will have to take the funds from the Sunday collections.

If you have not already responded to the Appeal, please do so now so that we may each do our fair share in supporting the Archdiocese. All gifts should be mailed to:
Archdiocesan Annual Appeal 2017
Archdiocese of San Francisco
One Peter Yorke Way
San Francisco, CA 94109
Please write “St. Cecilia, S.F.” in the memo.
You can also donate online at

Saint Cecilia's Chinese Club

The Saint Cecilia’s Chinese Club will have its second General Meeting at the Serra Room of St. Cecilia’s Church on Friday, December 1st at 7:00 p.m. It will be a potluck even and ALL (including children) are welcomed. The club will provide desserts, drinks and cookie decorating activity for the kids.

Please RSVP to Tuyet Ontiveros via email at or call/text (415) 570-3876 as soon as possible for head count for food and drinks.
We look forward to seeing everyone there.

SVDP Collection

The St. Cecilia Parish St. Vincent De Paul Society will be holding two collections. Please support these collections. All cans and clothes can be dropped off in the Collection Bins in the Church Vestibule. Please do NOT drop off these items at school.

Clothing Drive (no household items only clothing)- Collection Bins will be found in the Church Vestibule on:
December 9, 2017 Saturday 5:00 p.m. Mass
December 10, 2017, Sunday 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. Mass

Christmas Concerts

On Tuesday, December 12, a group of our music students will perform in our Christmas Concerts in the auditorium for their classmates:
8:30 a.m. Grades K-Blue, 2, 4, 7, 8
10:40 a.m. Grades K-Gold, 1, 3, 5, 6

Primary Advent Mass

The Primary Grades are planning their Advent Mass for the student body on Friday, December 15, at 11:00 a.m. and for the parish on Sunday, December 17 at the 9:30 a.m. Family Mass. The Men of St. Cecilia will sponsor the Pancake Breakfast following this Mass.

Spirit of Christmas

On Tuesday, December 19, at 11:30 a.m. we will have a prayer service in the Church entitled “The Spirit of Christmas” which is planned by the 8th grade peer leaders and Fr. Michael Liliedahl You are welcome to join us!

About St. Cecilia School

Mission Statement

St. Cecilia School is a Catholic elementary school of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, whose purpose is to develop students who are active Christians, life-long learners, and socially responsible citizens.

Philosophy Statement

St. Cecilia School is a Catholic elementary school dedicated to the religious, academic, social, psychological, cultural, and physical development of each individual. St. Cecilia School is committed to providing instruction and opportunities in a Catholic community of faith which will lead the children to pray, to serve and respect others, and to make Christian choices.

Parents, as primary educators, and teachers, as facilitators of learning, work together to provide a quality education that assists students in developing their unique capabilities and prepares them to become responsible citizens.

Students develop intellectually by participating in age-appropriate and meaningful activities. As life-long learners, students develop the skills of effective communication and problem solving to help them face the challenges of the future.

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Graduates of St. Cecilia School are:

• Active Christians
• Life-long learners
• Socially responsible citizens
• Effective communicators
• Problem solvers

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